Destiny 2 Glacioclasm God Roll 2023: Best PvP & PvE Perks

The Dawning 2023 Edition

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The undisputed king of PvP fusion rifles makes a triumphant return in 2023 with a new perk pool and new ways to utterly destroy the opposition. If you know how to time your shots. There’s not much else to say about the Glacioclasm that hasn’t already been said in the two times it has become available. But what’s most surprising is the fact that it has received a significant buff in the PvE department.

From my experience as the one pulling the trigger and the unfortunate Guardian on the receiving end, I have to report that the Glacioclasm has not lost its touch in its ability to seemingly delete Guardians from improbable ranges. In an interesting twist, the third iteration of the weapon has more perks geared toward PvE in its perk pool this time around. A pleasant surprise given how frustrating it was to reload this beast in the heat of combat.

How to Get Glacioclasm in Destiny 2?

As I previously stated in my Albedo Wing review, the only way to get the event weapons is to take part in the Dawning event. There are two ways to unlock the weapon for crafting. The first is to complete a specific challenge on the event card. The second way is to take a chance and decode a Dawning engram with the hopes of acquiring the weapon you want rolls of. This will unlock the focus crafting for that weapon.

Once you have the weapon unlocked, you can farm rolls in exchange for 1 Gift in Return and 25 Dawning Spirit. You get both resources by baking cookies and giving them to the various vendors across the system. Gifts in Return are harder to accumulate as they are a chance reward for cookies. 3 Dawning Spirits are guaranteed with each cookie gifted. You also get more by equipping the Dawning exclusive ship: Starfarer 7M.

Best Glacioclasm PvP God Rolls

  • 1st Column: Fullbore
  • 2nd Column: Projection Fuse
  • Charge Time Masterwork
  • Targeting Adjuster Mod
  • Under Pressure + High-Impact Reserves
  • Under Pressure + Eye of the Storm
  • Under Pressure + Fragile Focus

This is the Consistency roll that’s good for dueling at medium ranges. Since the removal of Kickstart, (which was nerfed btw) Guardians needed to find ways to adjust to the new shot timing for that instant delete. This is because shotgun rush is still a thing in non-checkmate PvP so keeping the target at optimum range can mean life or death.

Under Pressure is the focal point of these god rolls. It is active from the get-go when you respawn in a regular Crucible match, giving you stability and an accuracy boost with two rounds left in the magazine. High-Impact Reserves and Fragile Focus to ensure the kill even at longer ranges. Eye of the Storm for those Guardians brave enough to face tank an SMG in the open.

  • 1st Column: Extended Barrel
  • 2nd Column: Projection Fuse
  • Charge Time Masterwork
  • Targeting Adjuster Mod
  • Killing Wind + Successful Warmup
  • Heating Up + Successful Warmup

This is the snowball god roll that can quickly remove 2 or more Guardians in quick succession depending on whether or not a special ammo brick drops. Successful Warmup cuts charge time by around one-third of the time. Bringing it in line with a 600-millisecond fusion rifle. Killing Wind and Heating Up serves a similar purpose as kill perks. Killing Wind is objectively better but that’s up to the individual Guardian to decide.

Best Glacioclasm PvE God Rolls

  • 1st Column: Fluted Barrel
  • 2nd Column: Enhanced Battery
  • Charge Time Masterwork
  • Backup Mag Mod
  • Overflow + Reservoir Burst
  • Overflow + Controlled Burst

The biggest issues holding back previous versions of Glacioclasm were a long reload time and a perk pool that was more focused on high damage output. This was great for minibosses but performed poorly against groups of red bars. This year’s perk pool finally gives us options to hit back against red bars and then follow up with massive damage on Elites and Majors.

For the PvE god roll of this weapon, you’ll need to find the one with the most handling speed. It helps greatly with aim-down-sights and weapon swapping. Don’t bother with Stability and Reload Speed. You’re not hitting anything faraway targets and faster reloads are almost non-existent for this weapon. That’s what Overflow is for. It solves your reload issue and sets up combos for Reservoir Burst. It also works well with Controlled Burst for that extended uptime. Attach a couple of ammo finder mods and you’ll have everything you need to handle anything short of end game content.

How good is the Glacioclasm now?

The Glacioclasm is head and shoulders above any other high-impact in PvP. It is so notorious that players tend to play corners more carefully should one be confirmed inside a match. Additionally, the weapon is a stat monster in terms of range, stability, and recoil direction. It is a weapon specifically designed to delete Guardians.

Glacioclasm might have lost Kickstart as a trait but one can argue that the perk has already been nerfed and not as good as it once was. More importantly, the weapon doesn’t have Offhand Strike in this year’s perk pool. This 3rd column perk allowed Glacioclasm to kill Guardians from distances not possible for other fusion rifles while aiming from the hip. I’m sure it is sorely missed.

These are the Glacioclasm base stats before any perks are applied:

  • Impact: 95
  • Range: 63
  • Stability: 29
  • Handling: 33
  • Reload Speed: 15
  • Zoom: 16
  • Charge Time: 960
  • Magazine: 5

This is probably one of the best perk pools for any fusion rifle in the game. Individually, each of these perks is great in its own right and you can probably make any pairing work as long as you are aware of the activation conditions. No matter how you look at it, this is one loaded perk pool.

3rd Column Perks

  • Slideshot
  • Subsistence
  • Repulsor Brace
  • Under Pressure
  • Killing Wind
  • Heating Up
  • Overflow

4th Column Perks

  • Reservoir Burst
  • Golden Tricorn
  • High-Impact Reserves
  • Eye of the Storm
  • Fragile Focus
  • Controlled Burst
  • Successful Warm-Up

And that’s everything I have for this Glacioclasm god roll guide. Don’t be surprised to see Glacioclasm show up on lobbies months after the Dawning event is over. It says a lot about the fusion for it to be relevant well past its introduction. And will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Good luck and have fun out there, Guardians.

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